The crisis over the election of the governorship candidate of the APC in Osun State deepened on Wednesday when the state chapter of the party called off the primary slated for Thursday.
Following weeks of fruitless meetings and discussions, the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole had announced the introduction of ‘direct primaries’ – which means every member of the party in the state would participate in the primaries, rather than the much used delegates method or the party’s favoured consensus method of picking candidates.
But critics of the new method, who said it was introduced to favour a particular candidate, cautioned that the logistics of conducting polls across the state would be daunting, and even expensive in a state that is swimming in debt.
It appears the party has now come to terms with reality as announced a postponement without announcing a specific date for the eent.
The postponement, contained in a terse statement from Kunle Oyatomi, its spokesperson, simply said:
‘’Due to unforseen development, the All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun has announced the postponement of the primary to choose its gubernatorial flagbearer for September 22 election that was supposed to hold tomorrow, July 19, 2018.
‘’The party regretted this development but promised that sooner than later, a new date will be fixed
ALL party members should be at alert.’’
Oyatomi, who is the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy sent a statement earlier in the day announcing the primaries.
‘’All members of All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun are required to assemble at their wards’ polling booths throughout the state from 8am tomorrow to fully participate in the party’s direct primary scheduled to hold Thursday, July 19 2018.
‘’The party’s flagbearer for the September 22 governorship election will be elected by direct voting of all party members to ensure that whoever emerges truly represents the majority choice of the APC.
It is also important that members must come to the polling centres with their APC identity cards to authenticate their membership.
‘’We all have a stake in deciding who should succeed our exceptional leader, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola as the new governor of the state. It is a duty we all must be proud to perform tomorrow in the best interest of the state in general and our party in particular.
‘’Finally members should turn out en masse for tomorrow’s primary and we urge everyone to be peaceful responsible and orderly.’’